Basically everything is shutting down in north Greenpoint

hail-mary-13-w710-h473-2x

Hail Mary; credit Grub Street

As Gothamist reports, Hail Mary is the latest casualty in a mass number of shutdowns in the past six months.

Hail Mary, the cute gourmet “diner” on Greenpoint Avenue, closed over the weekend after less than a year in the neighborhood. This is sad news for mac and cheese lovers, funfetti fanatics, and anyone who enjoys high quality comfort food in a cozy, welcoming environment. If you love a restaurant, go there frequently, or risk saying farewell.

Reached via email, owners Ham and Sohla El-Waylly told us they “tried their best” to keep their Greenpoint dream alive. “We made something we loved and that completely represented us through and through,” they told Gothamist. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. We’re happy we got to try and that this experience has made our relationship stronger.”

[Read more…]

More closings in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

The Camlin; credit Cassandra Girlado/Wall Street Journal

The Camlin; credit Cassandra Girlado/Wall Street Journal

The new year has just begun so we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news. BUT, two popular restaurants closed while we were all over-indulging for the holidays. In Williamsburg, The Camlin closed just days before Christmas. Despite solid reviews, they were never able to get the traction they needed to stay afloat:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will unfortunately be closing The Camlin next Friday, December 23rd. Unfortunately, it’s been a tough year, and sales are just not strong enough to keep us going any longer. So we have made the difficult decision to close. [Read more…]

Chicago chef popular with the Obamas just opened a new Italian joint in Wburg

Missy_009

credit: Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

The restaurant is called Lilia and it’s a partnership with the owners of Anella & Jimmy’s:

Chef Missy Robbins, who helped make Chicago’s Spiaggia a destination for the Obamas, has opened a restaurant on a quiet stretch of Union Avenue in Williamsburg. The A Voce vet is cooking up rustic Italian at her restaurant Lilia, with a focus on handmade pastas and seafood and meat cooked in a custom-made wood grill diners can peek at through the open kitchen. The former auto-body shop has been given several refinements including handmade tiles and wooden banquettes, but the refurbished iron casement windows are original in keeping with the neighborhood’s love of all things vintage. [Read more…]